The Hockessin Friends Meetinghouse is being renovated.

If you happen to travel down Old Wilmington Road and notice a number of construction vehicles parked by the Hockessin Friends Meetinghouse, it is because the historic Quaker site is being renovated.

The Meetinghouse, which was built in 1738 and added to the National Register in 1973, has been deteriorating and in badly need of repair.

The Meetinghouse's beautiful fieldstone construction, once covered in white plaster, will remain untouched during renovations.

Peter Franck, who serves as treasurer for the 67-member assembly, said construction commenced in August and should be finished in early spring. "The ceiling was falling down in the social room and things were deteriorating," he said.

The renovations are making room for two handicapped bathrooms, a library area, a kitchen, and a multi-purpose room. The restoration is being paid for through fundraising efforts and donations from members. "We do not have a collection," Franck said.